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Aug 24

Heritage Event: Grassroots Response: Citizens Taking Care of Citizens During Disasters

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The efforts of the private sector - from individual volunteers to Fortune 500 corporations to charitable and faith-based organizations - represent the best of America's response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster and its aftermath. Often working with federal, state, and local government agencies, the private sector demonstrated its ability to flexibly deliver immediate assistance, even (or perhaps especially) during the largest emergencies. Recent scientific research on disaster response strongly suggests that a multijurisdictional, public-private approach should be the cornerstone of all national response efforts.

Join us as a panel of experts from both the private and public sectors discusses their own involvement in - and lessons learned from - public-private efforts to respond to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

James Gilmore, III
Former Chair of the Gilmore Commission


Becky Baum
Special Assistant to the Executive Director,
Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration

Lieutenant Colonel Pete Schneider
Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff,
Louisiana National Guard Joint Force Headquarters

Dr. J. Doug Stringer
Founder and President, 
Turning Point Ministries and
Somebody Cares America

Lisa Hamilton
Public Affairs Manager,
United Parcel Service of America

Hosted By

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Read More